Since California legalized gay marriage, many same-sex couples—including Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi—have already happily tied the knot. So after all is said and done, what is the difference between a same-sex wedding and a straight one? “Gay weddings don’t seem to be much different than straight events, except for what’s on top of the cake: two girls, two guys or a mix,” quips Mark Belhumeur from the Russian River’s Village Inn.
Gay couples are now (finally!) legally allowed to marry anywhere they wish in California, but like everyone else they still have to contend with planning their event. Karen Hester of Here Comes The Pride (great name, isn’t it?) is doing what she can to make that easier: Her wedding packages include hand-picked gay- or lesbian-friendly wedding locations and services. “We want to offer the best possible wedding for those couples who have waited a long time for this historic moment,” notes Hester.
Not coincidentally, Hester recommends some of our loveliest Here Comes The Guide wedding venues, including: The Claremont Club and Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, Hotel Durant, Terrace Room at Lake Merritt Hotel. She’s also personally approved Boon in Guerneville and The Village Inn in Monte Rio.
Trend Alert: According to Denon & Doyle Mobile DJ, the hottest “First Dance” song for same-sex weddings is ‘I’m Coming Out’ by Diana Ross. “The same sex weddings we have been doing are all about fun,” says Brian Doyle.